At the start of the Ceredigion National Eisteddfod year, the Eisteddfod Choir is restarting rehearsals ready for a special performance at the festival in Tregaron in early August
It's not too late to join the choir, and if anyone is interested then come to the next rehearsal at Aberaeron Comprehensive School on Monday 20 January at 19.30. Organisers are keen to recruit more men to join the choir to ensure vocal balance, so tenors and bassists from all over the catchment area will be particularly welcome!
Fflur Dafydd, Griff Lynch and Lewys Wyn are responsible for Lloergan, which combines arts and science in an innovative and new way, and the project is the pinnacle of a five-year partnership between the National Eisteddfod, the Urdd, Welsh Universities and the Royal Astronomical Society, as part of the society's bicentenary celebrations.
With the story firmly rooted in the Ceredigion countryside, Eisteddfod organisers are keen to attract people from across the county to be part of this exciting multi-media spoken word and musical project, inspired by astronomy and the local area.
The script and story were created by Fflur Dafydd with songs composed by Griff Lynch and Lewys Wyn. The musical arranger is Rhys Taylor and Hefin Jones is the project’s creative participation designer. Rhys Taylor also leads the rehearsals at Aberaeron Comprehensive School.
But before the rehearsals of the Lloergan choir resume, there's also the chance to join another new choir, the Cymanfa Ganu Choir at the Eisteddfod. These rehearsals will also be held at Aberaeron Comprehensive School on Monday evenings at 19.30, with the first opportunity to come together next Monday, 13 January. The choir is conducted by Delyth Hopkin Evans, and members of all ages are welcome.
Elen Elis, Eisteddfod Organiser said, “We hope that many of the members of the Lloergan choir will also want to join the Cymanfa choir. Singing on the Pavilion stage during the Eisteddfod is a great opportunity, and we hope that a very good number of singers will join us in the fun.
“The first rehearsals of Lloergan have gone particularly well, and we are delighted that we are able to offer additional opportunities for local singers. There is a great tradition of choral singing throughout the catchment area, and we are keen to attract experienced - and new - singers to join us over the coming months.
"So remember the rehearsals on Monday evenings at Aberaeron Comprehensive School, and there’s a warm welcome for everyone.”
The Ceredigion National Eisteddfod is held in Tregaron from 1-8 August. For more information go online, www.eisteddfod.wales.